So, I RE-Learned Something Today...
And it's not exactly good form to have to RE-learn something, especially when that "something" is fundamental to what I do as a trainer & coach of humans destined for greatness;
I completely bamboozled my pre-training fuel plan, and paid quite the physiological and psychological price.
Now, this isn't for everyone; but it's likely you, or your body rather, has a formula for accessing what most people refer to as "flow state".
So while what affected me today won't, exactly, affect you the same way; when you deviate from your known formula for 'setting' your mind and body for a specified outcome, it is likely you'll experience what I experienced today.
So, what did I do? TO START, I ate a denser meal than I should've about 2 hours prior to training. A BIG no-no for my digestive and metabolic processes before activity.
I was also dehydrated from a mega sauna session the day prior; after which I clearly did not rehydrate properly.
Finally, I dosed a quick shot of about 7 grams of creatine roughly 5 minutes before training. I intuited that this wouldn't go great, but my Ego stepped in and said, "Give it a go, you'll be fine"...
MOST USEFUL EFFECTS FROM CREATINE USE AT TWO HOURS PRIOR TO TRAINING FOR MOST PEOPLE MOST OF THE TIME
I was NOT fine!!!
This fiasco resulted in very sub-maximal Max Lifts with lackadaisical Power Cleans as well as breaching anaerobic threshold almost immediately into hitting the gas pedal in the two final METCON style sequences I had.
Add another 40 minutes of post-training dying (I really died, though) and I finally restabilized enough to share my plight with you.
LET ME REITERATE, my pre-mission formula for setting my mind and body are unique to my bodily system; it's the deviation from that formula that gets us in trouble.
I share this so you can take note of how you're feeling during your next training session and then determine if there are pre-training strategies or rituals you can use to set your mind and body for optimal training or competitive outcomes.